First-Ever White House Information Chief to Leave for Harvard

Vivek Kundra helped nudge the government towards cloud computing

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First reported by Politico, the White House's first-ever White House Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra will be leaving his post in August. In the administration, Kundra was responsible for "overseeing $80 billion in federal information technology projects" and making sure they were efficient. One of his biggest accomplishments, noted by Politico, was "introducing 'cloud computing' into the government IT lexicon" and also launching ", a site that makes government data public so that citizen programmers can develop software applications." Last month, adds Bloomberg, "Kundra announced that government agencies will move 78 computer systems off their own servers and onto shared cloud resources." After August, he'll move on to a Harvard University Fellowship.

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